taxes

Commuting with Julie – Back to the 1950s

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Reasons – all fiscal – for returning to the 1950s: strong unions, higher wages, bright future, infrastructure…If you ignore the social implications (and, I’m assuming you can), what’s not to like about the 1950s?  Eisenhower had his choice to be Democrat or Republican.  Today, he wouldn’t find a home in the Republican Party…

GOP and Marriage Equality

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The Supreme Court put an end to the marriage equality question and legalized it in all fifty states. In reply, the GOP Candidates for President collectively lost their heads. Scott Walker is calling for a Constitutional Amendment as well as saying the Supreme Court really didn’t have the power to do this. (Don’t any of these guys actually read the Constitution?) Bobby Jindal is calling to abolish the Court, while Mike Huckabee is calling for a revolution.

This is why I still can’t vote Republican. They are not the party of ideas. They are not the party of progress. They are the party of pandering. 60% of Republicans are against marriage equality, while 60% of the nation is for it. When that many people are against, what else can they say?

The sad part of this is that one of the far right, no new ideas candidates will become the GOP’S candidate for President. Any Democrat will look like a far left socialist in comparison. The GOP is the party of my youth. I loved Nixon and, had I been old enough, I would have supported Reagan. I admire Eisenhower and, next to Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt is my favorite President. But, men like them can never lead the Republicans again. They were men of strong convictions and intellect.  They valued learning. Now, we have Scott Walker who couldn’t make it through college and doesn’t understand how the Supreme Court has the right to knock down unconstitutional laws. This is who the GOP wants running the country?

The GOP’S tired Gays, Guns, and God bit has to go. Not just in Presidential Candidates, but throughout all their politicians. The way Congress has spent the last six years fighting President Obama on every issue is insane. Their policy of repeating the same tired vote to eliminate the ACA is insane. Their calls for even lower taxes of the wealthy and corporations is insane. They refer to Social Security as an entitlement like it’s a bad thing. Jeb Bush blames single moms for welfare and pretty much the GOP follows along, totally ignorant to the fact that welfare doesn’t work that way anymore and hasn’t in almost twenty years. Walker, that bastion of no intellect is gutting the education of the state of Wisconsin.

Should I go on?

What I don’t understand is how any reasonable, intelligent adult could support the Republicans. How could you look at the problems of today and still support this group of men from the past?

The thought of it is insane.

Wisconsin AB177 AKA Shaming the Poor Bill

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While we were rooting for the Blackhawks, our WI state legislature was passing the absolute most despicable, unChristian, unAmerican, horrific law. 2015 Asssembly Bill 177 that limits “the foods that may be purchased under FoodShare…”  On top of this, people with benefits (which are paid out of our Federal tax dollars) will have to swipe their “benefit card before scanning any items that the recipient is purchasing.”

Really?  So everyone in line can know whether or not something they’re purchasing is allowed? 

But, it doesn’t end there…

“Under the bill, DHS is required to reimburse retailers and warehouse suppliers in this state for their initial implementation costs associated with the new requirements.”

This means the costs retailers incur to purchase new software that allows the pre-swiping of the cards will come out of our state tax dollars.  This is an unnecessary expense our cash strapped state doesn’t need to incur.

For a party that claims they want smaller government, they sure are set on spending tax dollars to limit the ability of people to make their own choices.

This is the most unbelievable act of shaming the poor possible.  We have now gone from being a great state to being a state full of selfish, inconsiderate, unChristian and contemptible people possible.  We can no longer hold our heads high when we say we’re from Wisconsin.  We need to hang our heads with shame.  Jesus say what you do for the least of you, you do for me.  Well, we have just shamed the least of us – may God have mercy on your souls.

$4,800.00

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Today is National Coming Out Day. I don’t celebrate it. I mean, who else is left for me to tell I’m a lesbian? My entire family knows, as do my friends, and my employer knew from day one – when I put a picture of Cheryl on my desk. Personally, I think this day should be National Stay Home Day. I think missing the 36 million gay Americans at work and school would make a larger impact, as we are everywhere.

Anyway, because of my feelings, I’ve decided to write about the $4,800.00 that will no longer be in my pocket once I cover Cheryl’s health insurance via my company’s domestic partnership policy. This is not money that pays for the insurance itself – this is the taxes taken straight from my paycheck because Cheryl and I cannot legally marry in our state and even if we could, the Federal Government won’t recognize it.

$4,800.00 may not sound like a lot of money, but think about the things we won’t be able to do with that money. $4,800.00 works out to $400 a month. That’s a car payment. $400 a month is ten tanks of gas. It’s ten visits to restaurants in Racine. It’s books and toys for our grandchildren. One month’s amount is a new smart phone.

Taxing my insurance coverage for Cheryl,  while not taxing a straight, married co-worker’s insurance coverage for their spouse isn’t right. It’s unfair taxation.

$4,800.00 a year will raise the total federal taxes on my income to over $12,000 a year. This is well above Mitt Romney’s tax rate of 14%.

I wonder how the people in charge can sleep at night by overtaxing American citizens. I know people who claim that I shouldn’t be a one issue voter, but they don’t get it. This isn’t just about receiving a legal document – this is about taking money out of my pocket unfairly and unjustly.

Austerity

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Watch Peter Gourevitch, political scientist and founding dean of the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies at UC San Diego, talk about austerity.